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Bojarski ’04 Promoted to Mgr of Business Development

Syracuse, NY – SRC, Inc. has promoted Adam Bojarski to manager of business development for product accounts. In his new role, Bojarski will provide the leadership, execution and vision for the business expansion of SRC’s radar and electronic warfare product areas.

“Adam has great versatility due to his varied background,” stated Paul G. Tremont, president of SRC. “His knowledge of our products and capabilities, and his prior service with the U.S. Army, are assets as we continue to find ways to help solve problems of national significance for our customers. Read More

Penczer ’58 Awarded Fairfielder of the Year

Penczer the chairman of the town's Economic Development Commission, should be "marked a town treasure," said former town official Sherri Steeneck, one of two people to submit Penczer's name for consideration. Steeneck said Penczer is generous with his time, talent and money. He is a member of the Rotary Club, a board member of the International Institute of Connecticut, and serves on the boards of Science Park in New Haven, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, and the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Penczer also was instrumental in the establishing the Fairfield Theatre Co.

David Gorbach, who also nominated Penczer, said that as a real estate agent, he often has had clients for buildings Penczer owns, but finds out the space isn't available because Penczer is letting a non-profit use the space. "Peter is a gentleman," Gorbach said. In his remarks to the gathering, Penczer emotionally recalled advice he got from his father: "The town has been good to you; you have to be good to the town." Story

Cruden ’68 Appointed to ENRD Assistant Attorney General

“I am delighted to welcome John Cruden back to the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“John has already devoted more than two decades of his life and service to the department – enforcing our nation’s environmental laws;protecting our air, water, land, and wildlife; defending federal-agencies; and honoring U.S. treaty rights and obligations to Native Americans. From Exxon Valdez to Love Canal to the Deep water Horizon oil spill, John Cruden has consistently demonstrated the tenacity, the leadership, and the strength of character that represents the very best that this Department of Justice has to offer. He is uniquely qualified to lead this division’s efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change, illegal wildlife trafficking, pollution, and natural resource management, among many other pressing issues. Story

Ray ’70 to Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the election of Russell T. Ray to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015. Ray is a leading investment banker and venture capital investor in the life sciences sector, and has served as a director and advisor for many prominent companies in the healthcare sector during his 30 years of experience.

Ray began his career in investment banking as a member of the High Tech Emerging Growth Group at Merrill Lynch. After his time at Merrill Lynch, Ray spent twelve years at Deutsche Bank and its predecessor entities, BT Alex. Brown and Alex. Brown & Sons, as a Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking. Ray then joined Credit Suisse First Boston and served as a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking where he focused on providing strategic and financial advice to life sciences, healthcare services and medical device companies.

During his investment banking career, Ray successfully completed over 175 merger and financing transactions for leading healthcare companies in the United States, Europe and Israel. Currently, Ray serves as a Senior Advisor to HLM Venture Partners, a healthcare venture capital firm focused on investing in healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical technology companies. Ray also serves as a Director of Allergan, Inc. and SWP Media, Inc. Read More

Buning ’82 New Lenexa Home-Care COO

Dan Buning is a highly skilled and versatile executive and manager who has served in many roles that are relevant and useful as AxelaCare manages its future growth," AxelaCare CEO Ted Kramm said in a statement. "Dan has strong abilities and experience in process design, quality management, data analytics and transactional process improvement. We know Dan has been a strong leader throughout his business and military careers who can help growing service-oriented businesses optimize the efficiency and productivity o their overall operations." Story

Worden ’55 From Michigan to the Moon

Al Worden spent three days alone orbiting our lifeless neighbor while his two crewmates explored an area of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains), 28 degrees north of the lunar equator, on the surface below. The name of the Apollo cmmand module he piloted during that time was of course Endeavour, in honor of their aforementioned fellow explorer who had sailed very different seas in a time long before Saturn V rockets and lunar modules.

Growing up in 1930s America, Worden could never have imagined the paths he would take, and the places he would see, in his own lifetime. “There wasn’t such a thing as an astronaut when I was a kid. There were television shows that had ‘spacey’ type themes like ‘Buck Rogers,’ but that was it,” he recalled. Worden earned a scholarship to Princeton University, but a scholastic records check found he hadn’t studied Latin and so that opportunity was taken away from him.

On the return trip to Earth, Worden himself completed an historic first spacewalk in deep space. During his 38 minutes outside Endeavour, he retrieved film cassettes from the SIM bay and observed the general condition of equipment situated there. As the first person to view the Earth and the Moon from deep space outside a spacecraft, it was a personal mission highlight for Worden. “I’d watched the Earthrise 75 times before that so that was an old thing by then, but to see the Earth and the Moon at the same time like that was kind of unique.” Full Story »

Bachmann ’98 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

In a ceremony conducted on November 14th, 2014, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Chris Bachmann was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the United States Army. This promotion took on added significance because it was the lowest Army promotion rate to LTC in the past 17 years. Chris shared the event with his wife Carrie, children Madison (10) and Christian (8), parents Chris and Carolyn Bachmann, friends, and colleagues. Full Story »

Melson ’03 to Receive Ambassador of Peace Award

New York, NY – Junior middleweight boxer and charitable figure Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will receive the Ambassador of Peace Award from the World Boxing Council (WBC) during their annual convention today in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since turning pro in 2010, Melson’s garnered international attention for donating 100% of his fight purses and raising awareness about bringing trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Along with best friend Christan Zaccagnino, Melson founded Team Fight to Walk and recruited many notable boxers to join the fight to cure paralysis. During the last two years, Team Fight to Walk hosted charity galas titled “Fighting for the Cure” to help raise additional funds for the pending trials. Story

Naru ’79 Named Head Of U.S. Media Relations, Managing Director

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, announced that Stephen Naru has joined the company as Head of U.S. Media Relations and Managing Director, U.S. Corporate and Financial Practice. Naru will work with a team of media specialists to provide media relations strategy and execution to clients. He also will be responsible for ensuring the application of best practice in media relations for the firm across the U.S.

Naru has spent more than 25 years creating and implementing media relations programs for leading brands, and has developed deep relationships with reporters and executives at many of the world's leading news outlets. Naru joins Burson-Marsteller from FleishmanHillard, where he served as Global Media Relations Practice Leader, providing leadership and direction for the firm's global media council.  He was also responsible for intellectual property and product development for the practice. Full Story »

Parent Newsletter, December 2014

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Daniel Ragsdale '81 Winner of 2014 ESPN Fan Hall of Fame

Thank you for your help voting Daniel Ragsdale "The Crazy Colonel" into the ESPN Fan Hall of Fame for 2014.


Mauldin ’14, 1 of 8 Incredible Women Who Will Inspire You

Mauldin was the first American woman to complete the hellish French Commando School, so when this West Point valedictorian completes her Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, she wants to enter the infantry, which is still closed to women. "I can make a difference."

"The fantasy books I read as a kid, with girl warriors, were influential — I never think of being a woman as a limitation." Story

First Call December 10th

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Part of Brigade Staff at the 2012 Graduation Parade

Janovic ’93 Assumes Command of the 504th

The last time COL Ryan Janovic was assigned a command at Fort Hood, he spent three days on post. He took command on Cooper Field, then moved his battalion to Fort Knox, Ky. “I’m glad to stay longer,” he said with a smile Friday after assuming command of 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in a ceremony on Sadowski Field.

He is a military intelligence officer and joins Fort Hood from the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., where he completed graduate studies. The former Fort Hood unit he took to Fort Knox was the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Full Story »

Hina ’04 Graduates Command and General Staff Officers Course

FORT MEADE, MD – Army MAJ Jacob S. Hina has graduated from the Command and General Staff Officers Course at the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kan. The college is the Army's senior tactical school.

The 10-month course educates and trains intermediate level Army officers, officers from other U.S. armed services, international officers, and civilian leaders from other federal agencies to operate in full spectrum Army, joint, interagency, and multinational environments as field grade commanders and staff officers. Read More

Newman ’98 Named Chief Counsel for TX Sen Cruz

Newman clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Newman comes to Sen. Cruz’s office from the law firm Jones Day, where he focused on legal analysis, strategy, and briefing in complex civil litigation and appeals. Read More

Sweatt ’05 Promoted to Toffler Corporate Development Director

As Corporate Development Director, Tyler will focus on the business end of things, optimizing the firm's growth by expanding relationships with new and existing clients, exploring strategic partnerships, and increasing capability to take on new business. "We have worked to establish a strong foundation for growth over the past few years", he notes, "and I look forward to helping us build on our success and expand into new markets and industries in the coming years." Read More

Houston ’87, Silliman ’66 & Winton ’78 Jersey's to be Retired

Army Hall-of-Famers Kevin Houston (USMA '87), Mike Silliman (USMA '66) and Gary Winton (USMA '78) will be honored in a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of the men's basketball game against Loyola on Jan. 31, the team announced Monday.

Houston, Silliman and Winton will become the first men's basketball players to have their jerseys retired and raised to the rafters inside Christl Arena.

The ceremony will conclude a two-day celebration that will feature a cocktail reception and dinner for family members of the honorees on Friday, Jan. 30 and a brunch on Saturday, Jan. 31 prior to the team's 3 p.m. game. Saturday's brunch will be open to the public. Read More

Smith ’84, Del Giorno ’86 & Macfarlane ’04 Jersey's to be Retired

Army Hall of Famers Melody Smith (USMA '84), Julie Del Giorno (USMA '86) and Katie Macfarlane (USMA '04) will be honored in a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of the women's basketball game against American on Jan. 24, the team announced Monday.

Del Giorno, Macfarlane and Smith will become the first women's basketball players to have their jerseys retired and raised to the rafters inside Christl Arena.

The ceremony will conclude a two-day celebration that will feature a cocktail reception and dinner for family members of the honorees on Friday, Jan. 23 and a brunch on Saturday, Jan. 24 prior to the women's basketball team's 3 p.m. game. Saturday's brunch will be open to the public. Read More

Odierno ’76 Receives Andrew J. Goodpaster Award

Odierno made it clear who he thought deserved the award.

"This award is not about me. It's about the more than one million Soldiers who earn this award. It's their dedication," he said.

Odierno also had words of praise for Soldiers who led the way, setting examples for today's Soldiers to follow: men like Marshall and Goodpaster who "represented what's best about our country; selfless leaders who put their country before themselves." Full Story »

West Point Cemetery

Because the West Point Cemetery is near capacity for new gravesites, the Superintendent has ordered a temporary restriction to the interment criteria found in Army Regulation 210-26.This restriction will only apply to new in-ground burials. This letter from LTG Caslen addresses the situation.

Hopkins ’88 Named 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent

NEW YORK, NY (December 4, 2014) - Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Dennis Hopkins, a partner in the firm’s New York office, has been named a 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent | Law by the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) at CUP’s 5th Annual Lawyers Forum held in New York City on October 30, 2014.

The CUP list highlights and celebrates accomplished leaders across the legal sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community.  It comprises 10 professionals, between the ages of 35-50, who serve at senior levels of organizations, and who have been nominated by their colleagues and peers.  This is the second year CUP has presented this honor. Read More

First Call December 3rd

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Middle School Re-Dedicated in Honor of Galvin ’54

In recognition of the great success and important contributions of their native son to the causes of freedom and justice, the townspeople of Wakefield chose Galvin Middle School as the name for a splendid new facility. On 15 November 2014 a re-dedication (since the school had for a time made its home and been dedicated in an older building) ceremony and open house were held.

Death of Oldest Graduate

BG(R) Tripp '33 and LilianeWe sadly announce the death of West Point’s Oldest Living Graduate. BG Robert Tripp ’33 (USA, RET) passed away on December 2, 2014 at the age of 103. The Oldest Living Graduate is now LTG William J. Ely ’33 (USA, RET).

LTG(R) Lynch ’77 Special Advisor For Military Robotics Programs

Kairos Autonomi, Inc., a worldwide leader in robotic appliqué kits and developer of the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, announced today that Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Lynch will work with the company as a special advisor for military robotics programs, leadership and strategic planning.

“Lt. Gen. Lynch will provide unparalleled insight and guidance to Kairos Autonomi’s robotics programs,” said George “Troy” Takach, president and CEO of Kairos Autonomi. “With his extensive command leadership experience, as well as a strong background in military robotics, Lt. Gen. Lynch has a compelling vision for how the military can fully implement robotic appliqué kits.” Full Story

Wiers ’92 International Trucks 50 Years Strong

Fifty years ago in 1964 a small trucking company, started 7 years earlier by Wayne and Heddy Wiers, was approached about becoming an International Harvester dealership. They saw a great opportunity, sold the trucking company and took the risky entrepreneurial dive into a new side of the trucking business. "As a young married couple, my parents didn't have a lot of capital so the early years were a struggle," said Tom Wiers. "My dad knew trucks through his experience in the trucking industry. However, the truck dealership had other elements like truck sales and parts that were new to him."

Wayne and Heddy eventually hired two mechanics and had a very nice small business in Plymouth, Indiana. In 1992, the Wiers were looking at buying a large parcel of land to substantially expand the truck repair and maintenance side of the business. Their son, Tom, had just graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point and was touring out West on motorcycles with fellow classmates when he got the call. His father had suddenly passed away and his mother was thinking of selling the business. Tom convinced his mother to go ahead with the expansion and to give him a shot at running the business - the second entrepreneurial dive. In 1994, with a strong new start, the company changed its' name from Wiers Truck Service and Equipment to Wiers International® Trucks. Full Story

2015 Register of Graduates

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We require your signature with the Yes box checked in order to include your complete mailing address and email. If you only want your career history listed check no on the form.  If we do not receive a form we will only include your most recent career history and there will be no address or email listed for you in the directory section. We will begin taking orders in early spring of 2015.

GEN Odierno ’76 to Receive the Goodpaster Award

GEN Raymond T. Odierno will receive the Goodpaster Award at a luncheon in Washington on December 5 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Gen. Odierno is the 38th U.S. Army chief of staff. He will be honored for his distinguished career in the U.S. Army.

The Andrew J. Goodpaster Award of the George C. Marshall Foundation honors the life and service of General Andrew J. Goodpaster, a longtime trustee and chairman of the Foundation, a champion of the Marshall legacy, an American hero and an extraordinary public servant. The Goodpaster Award is presented to Americans in a variety of fields who have exhibited great courage, selfless service, patriotism and leadership in their lives and careers. Full Story »

Shull ’73 Modernizing the PX

In the past five years, the store has seen a steady decline in sales as troop levels have fallen, and it estimates that profits could tumble by two-thirds by 2017, to $100 million. Now, as the U.S. winds down combat operations in Afghanistan, the Exchange is trying to reinvent itself for customers based at home. In 2012 it hired Tom Shull, its first civilian chief executive officer, a West Point graduate who led the luxury department store Barneys out of bankruptcy in 1999. He went on to run catalog company Hanover Direct and potato-chip maker Wise Foods before serving as the court-appointed chief restructuring officer for Fred Leighton, the upscale jeweler, during its 2009 bankruptcy proceedings. Read More

Cave ’08 Marches Military Path Through Golf

If the college golfers of today think they have it tough trying to balance classes and tournaments, or they fret about how taxing life might be in their post-graduate careers, they need to consider the path taken by Joe Cave.

Cave was one of the better junior golfers in San Diego when he graduated from St. Augustine High in 2004. He chose to continue his golf and schooling at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and that automatically limited his course time amid the 18-hour days of classes and training.

Cave, 29, recently proved himself to be one of the top military golfers in the world. In the 8th World Military Golf Championships staged earlier this month in Bahrain, Cave, an Army captain, shot 4 over par over four rounds to take third place. He helped lead the U.S. military to a team victory over 15 far-flung countries, ranging from Botswana to the Netherlands. Full Story »

Buskirk ’64 New Bishop of Latter-day Saints in New Orleans

William C. Van Buskirk has been named the new bishop of the New Orleans congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As bishop of the New Orleans 1st Ward, Van Buskirk provides ministerial service to about 350 members of the LDS Church who reside in Orleans Parish and St. Bernard Parish.

The calling of bishop is not new to Van Buskirk. He was ordained a bishop years ago and served in this capacity five times before in New Orleans as well as in New Jersey.

"I am happy to be able to serve my brothers and sisters here in New Orleans," Van Buskirk said. "I humbly accept this calling to serve due to my faith in Jesus Christ which is central to my being and has shaped who I am." Read More

Jeon ’12 AH-64 Apache Helicopter Pilot

Jeon was asked to speak at the university to a soon-to-be graduating class of female students. The reason she was a good candidate for the speech is because she is Korean American and she is the first female, Korean AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot. Jeon said she wanted to inspire the group to feel they could do anything they wanted to do and to further strengthen the U.S. and Republic of Korea alliance.

She wanted the female students to know that being in the Army is being part of something bigger than themselves and that they should be proud of that. She also wanted them to know that women are held to the same standard in the work place, so they need to stay on top of their game at all times. She said there will people that try to bring females down and that they need drive on and keep performing to the best of their abilities. Full Story »

McCoy ’96 Honored by Howard Schultz

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Daniel Ragsdale '81 is an ESPN Fan Hall of Fame Finalist and needs our help to win. Just click this link, click on Dan's photo (top left) and click vote THREE TIMES. (Yes, you can vote 3x per day!) Let's show those sports fans how it's done!


2014 Finalists — Fan Hall of Fame

WPAOG Annual Meeting

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting today, the election of Directors and Advisors at Large was the primary agenda item. The following members were voted as Directors and Advisors at Large, to serve from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2017.

LTG Joseph E. DeFrancisco ’65, USA Retired  (3,630 votes)
Mr. George H. Gilmore, Jr. ’71  (3,554 votes)
Mr. James A. Hoffman ’78  (3,576 votes)
Mr. William D. Rogers ’82  (3,552 votes)
LTC Deidre P. Dixon ’84, USA Retired (3,611 votes)

Advisors at Large
LTG Gary D. Speer ’72, USA Retired  (3,362 votes)
LTC Felisa A. Lewis ’90  (3,296 votes)
LTC Jennifer S. Minus ’93, USA Retired  (3,304 votes)
Mr. Spencer T. Kympton ’94  (3,309 votes)
Mr. Young C. Lee ’94  (3,313 votes)
CPT John L. Childs ’07  (3,280 votes)

The Board-recommended Bylaws amendments were also approved (3,401 votes for, 33 votes against) in the election, and the 2014 Chairman's Report was presented.

First Call November 25th

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Hicks ’74 Fortunes #7 Biz Person of the Year

When Ken Hicks retires in December, he’ll be leaving Foot Locker at the top of his game. Since he became CEO in 2009, the company’s stock has quintupled and sales have soared. Foot Locker, a once-struggling shoe chain, has become a rare and improbable mall star. The company is on track to complete its third year of record revenue (roughly $7 billion in 2014). Brisk basketball- and running-shoe sales have helped. Hicks has also played America’s fitness craze masterfully, making well-timed pushes in apparel and the children’s and women’s business. And he’s spruced up stores with new displays and mannequins. Hicks’s successor, COO Richard Johnson, has some big shoes to fill. —E.F. Story

Pick Your Favorite Army Win

Yes, we know. It’s been a while—but we never lose hope! In an effort to forget the past 13 years, here are 13 games to remember in anticipation for Army’s return to glory on December 13, 2014. Take a look at the rollups and decide which one will inspire you to keep the faith that 2014 will be our year!

BG Anderson ’78 to NAOC Board of Directors

BG(r) Steven Anderson ’78Maryville, TN, November 24, 2014 On November 20, 2014, during the NAOC Annual General Membership Meeting, RELYANT Global’s Chief Marketing Officer, BG (Retired) Steven M. Anderson, was honored to be elected to one of the eleven positions on the National Association of Ordinance Contractors (NAOC) Board of Directors, and also to one of six committee chairmen positions with his confirmed nomination as the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee.

BG Anderson is a perfect election to both the Board of Directors, as well as Committee Chairman, as he served 30 years as a career US Army Ordnance Officer, and is a 1978 graduate of the United States Military Academy. BG Anderson’s military career was nothing short of remarkable. His final tour on active duty in 2008 was as the Director, Operations and Logistics Readiness, G43, on the Army staff at the Pentagon, where he lead a staff responsible for all Army logistics readiness reporting.  Full Story

Terrazas ’99 Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Terrazas ’99 Honored by Texas Bar FoundationMr. Kevin J. Terrazas, (B.S. Chemistry/Life Science, Distinguished Cadet, 1999) an attorney with Austin, Texas-based Weisbart Springer Hayes LLP, has been named as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.

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Camacho ’13 a USMA Boxing Team Founder Going Strong!

Not many people are willing to get up at 4 a.m. every morning for an early-morning workout before work and spend their lunch break practicing punch sequences and drills with a boxing coach before finishing the day with dinner and a quick jog.

But then again, Giovanna Camacho is not like most people. She balances her job as a second lieutenant for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and training for a tryout to join the All-Army Women’s Boxing Team for this year’s National Police Athletic League Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 in Oxnard, Calif. Full Story »

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia Name Moores ’84 1st CEO

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) announced that Dr. Leon E. Moores assumed duties as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Tuesday, October 14. With Dr. Moores officially operating as CEO, PSV’s C-suite is complete. Gregg R. Florentin is serving as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Hanway is our Chief Surgical Officer, and Dr. Ian Leibowitz is our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Moores’ primary focus will be on successfully developing and implementing strategic initiatives to position PSV as the leader in pediatric specialty care in the Northern Virginia region.

“It’s truly an honor to take on the role of CEO at PSV. We are a growing organization with talented physicians and staff who are dedicated to the mission of providing superb specialty care to our region’s children. This powerful partnership between Children’s National and Inova will leverage the resources and experience of both great organizations to the benefit of our patients and families,” Dr. Moores said. “As we continue to bring additional specialties on board at PSV we will increase our scope and clinical diversity, enabling us to do more and more of what we all love to do – take great care of kids.” PSV Release

COL(R) Johnson ’55 Named Veteran of the Year

A self-described poor country boy from the Deep South received a special honor from New York veterans on Saturday. Charles R. Johnson, who grew up in Mississippi and led soldiers in Vietnam between 1963 and 1971, rising to the rank of colonel, was named Veteran of the Year during a ceremony in the New York State Military Museum.

Johnson, 82, was born with a sharp wit, but he's a man with a serious past. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry, Johnson led troops in Vietnam on and off from the beginning of the war until past its peak. He served as a Vietnamese Ranger adviser, a special operations officer and battalion commander in the 9th and 25th Army infantry divisions.

Johnson received his military education through the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He retired as a colonel in 1981 after 26 years in the Army. Read More

Lancope Appoints Wild ’87 CISO

ATLANTA, - Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, has appointed long-time information security and risk management professional Andrew Wild as its new chief information security officer (CISO). Wild has spent over 25 years developing effective, customer-driven information security, incident response, compliance and secure networking programs for IT and security organizations including Qualys and EMC. He is also an expert in building and securing cloud and SaaS environments.

Most recently, Wild was the CSO for security provider Qualys, where he was responsible for the risk management, security and compliance of both the internal enterprise network and the production SaaS environments. Previously, he was also responsible for the security of EMC Corporation's SaaS offerings as the company's manager of security engineering. Read More

James ’92 to Command the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade

LATHAM, NY -- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jack James will take command of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, whose members recently spent almost a year serving in Kuwait, during a Saturday morning ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. He replaces Col. Albert Ricci, who is retiring after almost 30 years of military service. Full Story

COL(R) Johnson ’55 Honored by the US Army

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Military Museum will play host to the 2014 Veteran of the Year Award sponsored by the Association of the United States Army and the Friends of the New York State Military Museum Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will recognize retired Army Col. Charles R. Johnson, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Johnson, who served in the Army for 26 years, was a Vietnamese Ranger adviser, an operations officer in a U.S. Special Operations Group and as a battalion commander in the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions. He retired from the Army in 1981. Johnson's assignments were primarily in troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his alma mater first in the Physical Education Department, and later in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. Read More

Grandson of MG Morelli ’56 (Deceased) Earns Rank of Eagle Scout


Max Morelli Grandson of MG Morelli 56Eagle Court of Honor recognizes the achievements of Eagle Scout who was inspired by his family history to assemble veteran’s stories for the Library of Congress
Fifteen-year-old Max Morelli will be honored for achieving the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, on October 25, 2014, after completing an Eagle service project that captured the personal stories of military veterans. The stories are archived as part of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, where they are available for future generations.

WELLESLEY, Massachusetts, October 21, 2014—Fifteen-year-old Max Morelli will be honored with Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, in a ceremony in Wellesley, Massachusetts on October 25.

For his Eagle service project, Max interviewed military veterans from World War II to the present, contributing the videos to the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In his Eagle application, Max stated:

My project was inspired by important veterans in my family: my grandfather, Donald Morelli, a West Point graduate and Major General in the Army; my great-uncle, George Kane, a World War II POW; and Buck Good, my grandfather and a Navy veteran injured in a blimp crash in 1956. My grandfather Good and my great-uncle Kane were both Eagle Scouts. George Kane attributed his survival of the Bataan Death March and four years as a prisoner of war during World War II to the training he received in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle project, Max conducted and recorded interviews of veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War II to the most recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans interviewed for the project included residents of Wellesley, Massachusetts and of Max’s hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Max’s grandfather, Buck Good, an Eagle Scout from 1953, served as an important mentor on the project.

Of his motivation to become an Eagle Scout, Max states, “In my generation, there are not as many people as there used to be with values that are based on code or creed. I feel that it’s important to have more young adults in the world who have values that benefit the entire community. The first step in making a change in the world is making the change in myself. That’s why it was important to me to pursue the Eagle Scout rank.”

Max Morelli is a ninth-grader at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Major General Donald Ray Morelli (deceased), who is interred at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Corrinet ’02 Helping Students Achieve Holistic Well-Being

Unfortunately, too many of our students aren’t experiencing the benefits that come with being healthy in all aspects. Nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. Low-income students are less likely to have recess and participate in organized sports, and are more likely to live in neighborhoods without physical activity resources like parks and bike paths – making them more vulnerable to be overweight or obese.

While I’ve always been active, I started making the link between physical fitness and holistic well-being while in the Army. The physical training I experienced at West Point and as an infantry officer was paramount to me becoming a more disciplined and focused leader. As my physical abilities sharpened, so did my mental faculties – I couldn’t have made it through Ranger School or my year leading soldiers in Iraq without being at the top of my game.

The CrossFit Kids methodology gets kids to think and make good choices about what they eat. The high-intensity workouts also teach students hard work, grit, teamwork, and how to be leaders in their other classes and outside of school. This past year, 70 percent of my students ‘Agreed’ or “Strongly Agreed’ that CrossFit P.E. motivated and inspired them to participate in more sports and physical activities outside of school. One of my students shared, “CrossFit changed my life because I now feel the need to work out in order to feel healthy. It made me feel better about myself and I feel happier… This experience was the best.” Read More

Staab ’07 Leading From The Front

Leaving the Army was an incredibly difficult decision, but when I was accepted as a 2012 Teach For America Corps Member, I knew I would be able to continue my service to the country in a meaningful, albeit different, way. In retrospect, I had no idea what I was getting myself into – it turns out that teaching is one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever taken on – but the lessons I learned in the military helped carry me through.

Instead of giving orders, I could give guidance and empower my Soldiers to excel. My Soldiers knew, and I hope still know, how deeply I care about them. That trust gave us confidence in one another, and gave us each the power to succeed. As a result, the teams I was a part of completed work above and beyond expectations, and we took a great deal of pride in our missions and even our daily responsibilities.

When kids know you care, they are willing to become the people you already know they are. And if they fail, and they will, there is great comfort in knowing that a person they trust will be there to pick them up again, a person they trust to help them start again, and a person they trust cheering them on (willing them even) as they continue to succeed in school and in life.

Another, well known, Army lesson is to lead from the front. At West Point and in Officer training courses, you hear it all the time. As a young leader in the Army, sometimes this means getting to work especially early, putting in longer hours, or just getting down to work and doing the heavy lifting. Regardless of the context, it is leading by example. Read More

Army Navy Boxing Classic 2014 Tickets on Sale Today!

Get your tickets now to witness the fierce competition of the Army Navy Boxing Classic, as Army gets set to square off against Navy on Friday December 12, 2014 at 10:00pm. Prelims begin at 9:30pm.  To be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G, Inner Harbor Baltimore. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. www.ncbaboxing.tix.com

- On the floor/ringside:  $25
- General admission/bleachers:  $15

Live Internet Streaming:  $8
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Clamon ’07 Joins Miller And Martin

Miller & Martin PLLC announces the addition of Alex Clamon to the firm's Chattanooga office, focusing his practice in the Corporate and Securities practice group, and also joining the firm’s new Crisis Management practice group. A native of Dandridge, Tn., Mr. Clamon graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, he lettered as a defensive lineman for the Army Black Knights football team and served as a cadet company commander. He then served on active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Prior to attending law school, he worked as a graduate assistant coach for the Army Black Knights football program. He then worked as a consultant for Battelle Memorial Institute and as a project manager for Science Applications International Corporation, most notably planning life safety operations with the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, which included training and advising Senate staff on emergency preparedness and ensuring OSHA and ADA compliance across all Senate emergency plans. Read More

Jeremy Klages ’92 Measure of Danger

Measure of Danger Jay Klages 92 Jeremy Klages, West Point Class of 1992 The Brave and the Few, recently self-published a Kindle eBook thriller called MEASURE OF DANGER by Jay Klages. Thomas & Mercer, the Amazon Publishing Mystery and Thriller Imprint, entered into a book deal with Jeremy to put his literary work into print, digital and audiobook formats with a target launch date of June 2015. Thomas & Mercer will also have the option on Jeremy’s sequel. The current eBook will remain on Amazon until republication. Jeremy took a chance by self-publishing his very first book on Amazon and thus far, his growing fan base rated his thriller at 4 ½ stars.

“The main character Kade Sims, a Home Depot employee, feels he has been unfairly dumped from the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer due to his hypomania condition, but he later discovers his condition is a unique asset when recruited by the FBI to infiltrate AgriteX; otherwise known as The Chapter whose tenets are Knowledge, Truth and Trust and if violated, are punishable by euthanasia.  The Chapter has infiltrated every level of Government from the local police forces, to the FBI, to political action committees. What nefarious plans are at work in The Chapter and how will Kade gain access to this notorious group? More importantly, how will he exfiltrate once his fact gathering mission is complete? This book is nonstop action and suspense; you won’t be able to put the book down until the end…but will the story and thrill really end? Get the eBook to find out!” – Cindy M. Boyd ’92.

Villanueva ’10 Honored Traveling with the Steelers

Alejandro Villanueva, who was signed to the Steelers' practice squad in early September, made the trip with the Steelers to Nashville this past Sunday for the game on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans. Practice-squad players generally don't travel with the team to road games.

"Just a sign or a token of our appreciation for not only the sacrifice he's made but all of the men and women in the history of our country," Tomlin said of the Steelers' decision to have Villanueva travel with them to Nashville. "Truly a humbling thing and it's great to have him be a part of us. It makes it personal in terms of understanding that sacrifice." Read More

First Call November 11th

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Honorable Mission of Wilcox ’92

One West Point Grad's Mission to Get Low-Income Students to College

James Willcox ’92 believes in two things: training and teamwork – the keys to success whether on the battlefield or in the classroom. A former Black Hawk pilot for the Army, James now oversees Aspire Public Schools, which serves more than 14,600 students in 38 schools across California and in Memphis, Tenn. with the goal of preparing students to earn a college degree.

Few people grow up with the goal of reforming education. James is no different. However, he has witnessed firsthand the benefits of an education – at West Point and beyond.

Quality public schools offer a better life for the students served. It’s that simple. Sadly, too many children do not have that option. James started his professional career not in education but in the Army leading troops. He made a switch professionally to allow his focus to be on that simple goal of helping others improve their lives through education.

Attending college is estimated to double lifetime earnings, lifting these children out of a cycle of poverty and into positions of authority. Under James’ leadership, Aspire has implemented innovative new models of teacher training, college readiness, and data-driven assessment of students that has led to 100 percent of graduates being accepted into college.

Hood ’83 Named SamCERA’s New CEO

Scott Hood ’83 Named SamCERA’s New CEOThe county’s $3 billion retirement plan board has named a new CEO starting this week to fill the shoes of his retiring predecessor. The board of the San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association unanimously chose Scott Hood in September after a nationwide recruitment. His new position was effective Nov. 9. He replaces David Bailey who is leaving in early 2015. Hood served as SamCERA’s information technology manager for two years before becoming assistant executive officer in 2002. For the last 12 years, Hood has managed the benefits, finance, information technology, communications and administrative staff of the association.

Hood said he was “both humbled and honored” to be chosen. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and all stakeholders to maintain SamCERA’s high level for performance while building for the future,” Hood said in a prepared statement. Hood has a bachelor’s of science in engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master’s of science in computer information systems from Boston University. He completed a military career as a U.S. Army reserve colonel last year, ending more than 30 years of combined active and reserve service. Full Story

NCAA's After the Game Feature Highlighting GEN Ray Odierno ’76

 A military career was not the plan, but now he’s the Army’s chief of staff

GEN Ray Odierno '76GEN. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army

When GEN. Raymond Odierno joined the football team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, he hadn’t given much thought to a career in the Army. He didn’t come from a military family. He just wanted to play college football.

Now, more than 40 years later, he is the Army’s top leader in charge of more than 500,000 of America’s sons and daughters. Along the way, he became known for orchestrating one of the biggest military achievements in recent history: the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Full Story

West Point’s Newest “Classroom”

Cushing Medal of Honor CeremonyJust in time for Veterans Day, the United States Military Academy has rededicated Cullum Hall’s Pershing Room, which was gifted in 1976 by the Class of 1926, and renamed it the West Point War Memorial Room. In doing so, the Academy removed the hundred or so plaques for the Permanent Professors of USMA and replaced them with 1,157 2-inch by 8-inch nameplates (showing rank and class year) of graduates killed in action, died of wounds in combat or died as a POW in our Nation’s wars. During the ceremony, Colonel Ty Seidule, Department Head of History and Chair of the Museum and Historical Memorialization Committee, said that the new room both speaks to the Academy’s past and highlights its future. “I take all my classes here to understand the vital role West Point played and continues to play in the professionalization of the Army,” Seidule said, “and all the names speak to the sacrifice and the competence of USMA’s graduates.” Thus, in the room’s re-dedication, 100 or so professors have given away to more than 1,000 graduate teachers, and the first to “instruct” cadets was First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, Class of 1861 June, who posthumously just received the Medal of Honor last week, 151 years after his valorous act in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

Serving as an artillery commander in Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, Army of the Potomac, Cushing ignored severe wounds to his shoulder and abdomen and, as noted in the first edition (1868) of the Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy, “continued to pour grape and canister into the advancing columns of Rebels until they reached the very muzzles of his pieces.” Cushing’s gallant final act directly impacted the Union Army’s ability to repel the Confederate advance known as “Pickett’s charge” and turned the tide of the Civil War. Addressing the nearly 100 cadets attending the re dedication ceremony, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen ’75, the 59th Superintendent of West Point, said, “With the weight of the Nation on his back, Cushing responded to the call of duty and should remain today as an inspiration to us all.”

VA Secretary McDonald ’75, The VA The Way it Should Be.

DALLAS - The newly minted Secretary of Veterans Affairs told Dallas doctors that staffing is key for helping the VA recover from its massive scheduling scandal. Secretary Bob McDonald's comments come just months after a whistle-blower revealed lengthy appointment delays hidden by manipulated schedules at the Phoenix VA.

Several VA hospitals were placed under review, including the Dallas VA, where employees told Fox 4 the same thing was happening. The Dallas hospital is still under review. McDonald explains, "Our goal is simple: to provide quality medicine and first rate healthcare delivered with the same proactive courteous coordinated serves as the top ranked customer service companies in the county."

McDonald told some 15,000 members of the American Medical Association gathering in Dallas change is coming to the VA, and he offered a peek at his blue print.
It has 4 major points.

  • Improving health care immediately
  • Resetting the VA's culture of how employees relate to and act toward veterans
  • Transform from "sick care" to "health care" targeting preventable diseases
  • An efficient, transparent and accountable level of care.

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Veterans of War and Service

Many of the veterans currently enrolled at Harvard Law School carry the lessons learned in the military into the law school classroom. Their service and unique perspective enriches the entire HLS community, elevating awareness about the legal and policy issues affecting veterans and the significance of law in contemporary warfare.

Two years ago, stationed in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the U.S. Army, then-Lieutenant David E. White Jr. ’17 found himself early one morning sipping tea with a village elder while explaining why his men were searching for bomb-making materials. Outreach to locals, and showing respect to their leaders, is essential in fighting the insurgency: “We want the local populace on our side as much as possible,” says White, a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Little did I know, as I was leaning up against a six-inch wall made of mud, clay and hay, that behind that wall was over 300 pounds of homemade explosives,” recalls White, whose men found the cache hidden under a haystack. With that discovery, and the detention of seven insurgents, the mission crippled the region’s deadliest bomb-making cell. “Our platoon got very lucky that day,” he says.

During his year-long deployment, White, born and raised in upstate New York to a family with a history of military service, led his 21-man platoon on other missions including re-integrating former Taliban fighters into Afghan society, training more than 150 Afghan National Security Forces on the role of the military and police in a constitutional society, and leading his unit’s strike force to partner with special forces from various branches of the U.S military and other nations to capture mid-level Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. To undermine Taliban funds, White also instituted an alternative seed program for local farmers to persuade them not to grow poppy.  Continue Reading »

[from Harvard Law Today]

Gulakowski ’69 to Host Veteran Day Show

Denis Gulakowski 69-1st Veterans Day Show at WEBR Radio - Nov 2002Radio personality and Vietnam vet, Denis Gulakowski  “The Big G,” will be hosting his annual Veterans Day celebration radio show during K-Radio Flashback, airing on cable radio station WEBR Radio Fairfax Sunday 9 November 2014.  This year’s show will feature Number 1 hits of various Veterans Days and notable events in US conflicts, as well as selections from the American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) that are over 40 years old.  K-Radio Flashback is a two-hour oldies/nostalgia show that airs 8-10 PM Eastern Time Sundays on Cox & Verizon Cable TV Channels  37  and 837 in Fairfax County, VA, Comcast Channel 27 in Reston, VA and worldwide on the internet at www.k-radio.net

Alonzo Cushing 1861 Receiving Medal of Honor Posthumously

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing USMA Class of 1861. 1st Lt. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for conspicuous gallantry while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. For more information and to watch the ceremony, click here: http://go.usa.gov/7rEd

450 Grads from the Class of ’84

450 Grads from the Class of ’84 Post game tailgate 450 grads from the Class of 1984 for an aerial group photo at their post-game tailgate! Thank you again for your generous gift.

’89 Reunion Gift to The Point

The Class of '89 $600,000 Gift! Thank you to the Class of 1989 for its 25th reunion gift of $600,000 in support of the Combating Terrorism Center! We Strengthen the Line!

The Class of ’84 Gives Back!

Class of '84 Gift of 1.1 Million! Thank you to the Class of 1984 for its 30th reunion gift of $1.1 million for West Point! Nearly 400 grads gave to their class gift fund in support of the new West Point Visitors Center and the Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship!

VA Secretary McDonald ’75 to Appear on 60 Minutes11/9

Secretary McDonald Brings 60 Minutes to VA Boston While touring VA Boston, McDonald talked to researchers, doctors, nurses, administrators, and Veterans with a 60 Minutes camera crew there to capture it all.

“I’m pleased that Secretary McDonald is touring VA Boston,” said Vincent Ng, Director, VA Boston Healthcare System. “Boston is known for cutting edge medicine, sought after programs, educated and highly skilled employees, and world renowned educational affiliations,” he said.

VA has been scrutinized by the press, Congress, and the President; yet, McDonald stood in town hall meetings and asked Veterans, VA employees, and Veterans Service Organizations for feedback with cameras rolling.

McDonald answered questions candidly, and delivered a positive message that promised change and encouraged excellence.

“We are a customer service organization and we’re here to serve Veterans! We’re going to take a look at our organization and see what gets in the way – and we’re going to change it,” said McDonald. Read More

First Call November 4th

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The “Proud & Great” from the Class of 1978


SEC Award Named for Wheeler ’66

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has created an annual award to go to an SEC Employee or other individual who exemplifies outstanding charitable work or volunteerism on behalf of America’s veterans. The award is named after the late John P. “Jack” Wheeler ’66, in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of Veterans. The first recipient of the award will be Susan Schneider, founder of the SEC Veterans Committee. Last year, under her leadership, the SEC was the largest single contributor to the District of Columbia’s Toys for Tots drive. The award presentation will be during the SEC’s Memorial Day Program in May 2015. Chair Mary Jo White and Commissioner Dan Gallagher will present the award.

Wheeler was best known for his Chairmanship of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which raised over eight million dollars in private donations and succeeded in getting Congress to pass a bill approving a site on the National Mall for Maya Lin's controversial design, now known simply as the Wall.

Mumford ’93 Appointed Classic Party Rentals CEO

LOS ANGELES--Classic Party Rentals (“Classic” or the “Company”), the nation’s leading event rental and services provider, announced the appointment of Brent Mumford as Chief Executive Officer effective November 10, 2014. “We are excited to have Brent join Classic as its new Chief Executive Officer” “We are excited to have Brent join Classic as its new Chief Executive Officer,” said Jason Scheir, Chairman of the Board. “Brent’s leadership, operational expertise and track record of growing revenues will position the Company for a strong future.”

“I am both humbled and thrilled to be chosen as Classic Party Rentals’ new CEO,” Mumford said. “Classic has a great track record in the industry and I look forward to working with our talented team as we continue to expand and build the brand on a national level.”

Mumford brings nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in sales, operations and P&L management with significant knowledge of rental business models. He most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Sullair and before that was CEO of Hi-Way Equipment Company. From 2002-2009, Mumford worked at NES Rentals where he held multiple leadership roles including Region Vice President and Vice President of Operations. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Development at Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation (ANPC) as well as Director of Product Management and Sales at Comstor. Read More

Brennan ’66 Receives Physician Community Service Award

Michael W Brennan 66RALEIGH, NCMichael W. Brennan, MD received the E. Harvey Estes Physician Community Service Award from the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) at the society’s Annual Meeting in Greensboro on October 24th-25th. The award recognizes a physician who not only excels in individual patient care, but also serves the larger community. Dr. Brennan is receiving this award because of his devoted service to his patients, state and nation through quality patient care, working to ensure future health care leaders and spreading this message internationally.
Dr. Brennan devoted 20 years of his career to the Army, serving as an aviator for the Army Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam War and as chief of surgery at Fort Bragg, where he gained experience as a comprehensive ophthalmologist. After retiring from the Army, he joined an ophthalmology practice in Burlington, NC.

Dr. Brennan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and, after serving in the Vietnam War, attended Stanford University’s aeronautics and astronautics program to pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut. He quickly realized aeronautics was not his calling and went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Dr. Brennan not only helps to assist his state and nation, he also travels extensively to meet with doctors at global events to discuss practice issues and advocate for quality patient care. He has used his demonstrated leadership skills to become an instrumental part in training future leaders as cofounder of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Leadership College.
Dr. Elizabeth Kanof, the Leadership College’s cofounder, once remarked: “A previous attempt at a leadership program in our state was not successful, but, under Mike’s guidance and with his enthusiasm, future medical leaders in our county and state societies and communities are ensured.”

Army vs Western Kentucky Tailgate

Army Football 2014Rally at this pre-game tailgate brought to you by the West Point Society of Middle Tennessee!!!
Rock the Black and Gold with grads, parents, friends, and Army fans at the Army vs. WKU pre-game tailgate on November 15 from 7:30-11:30am.
Rally for the Army Team with the Rabs and Cadet Spirit Band while enjoying tailgate fare and meeting up with old (and new) friends!
Call 1-800-5-BIGRED to register.


San Antonio Career Conference

San Antonio Career Conference If you are interested in learning more about the current hiring climate in the business world, thinking about a change in your career path, or contemplating returning to school to finally get that advanced degree consider attending SACC!

Service Academy Career Conferences (SACCs) are held four times annually in Savannah, Georgia, Washington, DC, San Diego, California, and San Antonio, Texas. The next Conference is November 20-21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is open until November 3, 2013 so be sure to register today! More information is available online at SACC-jobfair.com.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at careers@wpaog.org with your questions!

Guarino ’82 Appointed to Liquid Holdings Group Board

Guarino ’82 Appointed to Liquid Holdings Group Board Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., a provider of cloud-based investment management solutions for the financial community, announced that Alan Guarino will join its Board of Directors.

Mr. Guarino currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Global Financial Services Practice at Korn Ferry, where he is responsible for ensuring that the Firm's largest client relationships have access to the full range of their human capital solutions.

He also leads senior executive search and C-suite succession assignments for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting edge FinTech companies within capital markets. His expertise spans indices, rating agencies, exchanges, clearing firms, technology/data/analytics, and processing companies. Read More

Army vs UCONN Tailgate at Yankee Stadium

Army Football at Yankees Stadium Courtesy of MLB


Join us at a private Go Army tailgate inside the stadium. Come for a great pre-game menu and cash bar, all in a specially reserved venue for Army Fans! Space is limited so register now.

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First Call October 25th

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Cadets marching Army Navy Game


2014 Veteran of the Year

On Saturday 15 November 2014 at 1 pm the 2014 Veteran of the Year Award Ceremony will be held in the New York State Military Museum. The Annual Award is Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Military Museum and the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the US Army. Guest Speaker will be The Adjutant General of NY, MG Patrick Murphy, a Veteran. Congressman Chris Gibson, also a Veteran, will attend and present a US Flag. The Public is welcome.

The 2014 Awardee is Colonel, Retired, Charles R. Johnson, a 26 year US Army Officer who served in Viet Nam as a Vietnamese Ranger Advisor, Operations Officer in a US Special Operations Group and as a Battalion Commander in the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions.

COL Charlie Johnson graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1955 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. His assignments were primarily in troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his Alma Mater first in the Physical Education Department, and later in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. He retired from the US Army in 1981.

Since arriving in the Capital District in 1999, COL Johnson has been active in community service, including Troy Mayor’s Ethics Committee, Board of Trustees of Oakwood Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity, and the NYS Governor’s Commission for State Veterans Cemeteries. He is a member and past President of the Tri County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, American Legion Post 1610, VFW Post 8444, Veterans of Lansingburgh, the Rensselear County Veterans Organization and Stratton VA Center Volunteer DAV Van Driver. He also serves on an Advisory Board for a Leadership Program at Duke University and is President of his West Point Class.

COL Johnson is married to Trudy Hall, Head of Emma Willard School. He has three children: Sam, US Army Colonel (Ret), West Point Class of 1982; Joe, a resident at Baddour Memorial Center in Senatoria, MS; and Wendy, a fabric designer in Providence, RI.

Curran ’09 Takes First Place in Marine Corps Marathon

Curran ’09 First Place in Marine Corps Marathon In the male division, Spc. Samuel Kosgei came in first with a time of 2:22:11, and fellow Soldier Spc. Laban Sialo clocked 2:23:48. After the race, when Kosgei learned that a female Soldier also won, he beamed and said simply, "that's awesome." That female Soldier would be Curran, a field artillery officer. She too has an interesting story. This was her first marathon, she said, and it was totally unexpected.

She explained that there were some injuries on the female Army team and she was asked to fill in for someone just two weeks prior to the race. "I wasn't expecting that." Curran simply willed herself to win. "You can't quit because you're wearing 'Army' and you don't want to let your team members down," she related. But Curran didn't describe the race as brutal. It was actually a lot of fun, she said in a chipper voice immediately after winning. She added that the Marines did a good job running the marathon and the entire experience made her especially "proud to be an American." Read More

Joyce ’02 Named Rampage GM

Joyce ’02 Named Rampage GM Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Eric Joyce has been named General Manager of the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage. In his new role, Joyce will serve as the point person for all hockey operations matters associated with Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Joyce was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy where he taught Cadets Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Joyce also held numerous positions in the government and the private sector focusing on national security. Joyce served as an Army Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom III in Mosul, Iraq, from 2004-2005 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Valorous Unit Citation. Read More

Mackin ’88 CryoLife CEO Elected to Board

Mackin ’88 CryoLife CEO Elected to Board CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced today that James Patrick (Pat) Mackin, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors, effective October 21, 2014. Steven G. Anderson, Executive Chairman of CryoLife, stated, "Since joining the Company in September, Pat has proven to be an excellent leader who is well positioned to maximize CryoLife's potential.  His addition to the Board will allow us to draw on his significant experience as we refine and enhance our strategic growth plans."

Mr. Mackin joined CryoLife in September 2014 from Medtronic, Inc., where he most recently served as President of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, the company's largest operating division. Mr. Mackin is a highly respected professional with more than 20 years of medical device industry experience.  At Medtronic, he previously held the positions of Vice President, Vascular, Western Europe and Vice President & General Manager, Endovascular Business Unit. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2002, Mr. Mackin worked for six years at Genzyme, Inc. serving as its Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Cardiovascular Surgery Business Unit and, earlier, as Director of Sales, Surgical Products division. Before joining Genzyme, he spent four years at Deknatel/Snowden-Pencer, Inc. in various roles and three years as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. Read More

Final Call for Nominations

This is the last week to submit nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2015 Thayer Award. USMA Classes and West Point Societies may nominate up to two Graduates for the 2015 DGA. Classes, Societies, and individual graduates may nominate great Americans to receive the Thayer Award. Please note the criteria and nomination guidelines for both awards. November 3, 2014 is a hard deadline: NO nominations or endorsements accepted after that date.

Bergen ’01 Wins Rutgers Business Plan Competition

Brian Bergen ’01 Brian Bergen said he learned the fundamentals of business while serving in the military. Now that training has paid off with a $20,000 award. Although Bergen admitted he has no green thumb, his company is raking in the green with anticipated annual revenues of $150,000 this year. In Bergen’s entry, employees log each service visit on a mobile application and submit the notes and records of work performed to the clients via email. This streamlines the entire process for both customers and staff. “A young entrepreneur can find one of these service industries with slow-moving, outdated processes and use new technology to be more efficient and look more impressive to potential customers,” Bergen said.

Before studying entrepreneurship at Rutgers, Bergen received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and spent eight years in the U.S. military, where he also served in Iraq. Bergen attributes much of his hands-on business success to the military, where he honed his skills in risk taking, decision making and self-discipline. Bergen Botanicals, a service-disabled veteran-owned business, donates 20 percent of its profits to organizations supporting veterans with disabilities.

Xenos ’84 Elected to Regenesis Biomedical Board

John Xenos '84 The Board elected two new members: R. King Nelson and John S. Xenos, MD.  Scott Brooks, Dr. John Xenos is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He then served as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was directly involved in the treatment of the 75th Ranger Regiment, as well as other infantry units. Dr. Xenos followed his passion for joint replacement and completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the Anderson Orthopedic Research Institute in Virginia. He then returned to Walter Reed as the Director of Adult Reconstruction, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr Xenos is active in the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Colorado. Read More

Research Grant Award Announcement

LTC Luis Alvarez 97In a first for West Point faculty, LTC Luis Alvarez, Ph.D., an Academy Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, has been awarded a 3.7 million dollar research grant from the US Army Medical Materiel and Research Command to investigate a novel technology designed to improve the regrowth of bone in combat-related injuries. LTC Alvarez will manage the execution of this grant and will oversee the research teams as they conduct the experiments to assess these novel bone regrowth technologies using the delivery of BMP-2, or Bone Morphological Protein, to regrow bone following traumatic injury. He has established a wealth of new opportunities for West Point cadets and faculty to participate in this Army-relevant research program through both academic year research projects at West Point and the summer IAD(A) opportunities at the partner labs (Institute for Surgical Research, National Cancer Institute, The Mayo Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic). LTC Alvarez, a 1997 graduate of West Point and a Hertz Scholar, originally branched Military Intelligence before completing his doctoral studies and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the Director of the Center for Molecular Science, LTC Alvarez manages all research and outreach efforts within the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.

Wood ’85 Commands 38th Infantry Division

MG Wood ASUDavid Wood ’85 was promoted to Major General on 1 October 2014, and took command of the 38th Infantry Division on 18 October 2014, in a change of command ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana.  His previous assignment (since 2011) was Deputy CG (Operations), 38th ID.  The outgoing commander was MG Joseph L. Culver.

Melcher ’76 Receives AUSA Dixon Award

David Melcher AUSA Dixon AwardExelis Chief Executive Officer and President David F. Melcher has been recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Council of Trustees as the John W. Dixon Award recipient for 2014. The John W. Dixon Award is presented annually to “an individual of the industrial community contributing to national defense.” According to the AUSA Council of Trustees, the award was created, “to recognize the unique and direct contributions of American industry to the security of the nation and to honor the partnership between the Army and American industry that has produced the most effective and best equipped land force in history.” 

The first-ever John W. Dixon award was presented to its namesake in 1989.  Dixon entered the Army during World War II as a private, served two and a half years in combat in Europe, and left the service as a first lieutenant in 1946. The Council of Trustees selected Dixon to recognize, “his many exceptional achievements as a soldier and government official, scholar and academician, industrial executive and public leader,” according to AUSA.

Melcher, who retired as a lieutenant general after 32 years of service, last served as the Army’s military deputy for budget and deputy chief of staff for programs at the Pentagon. Since leading a spinoff from former parent company ITT Corporation in 2011, Melcher has made Exelis a partner of choice for the Army, empowering Exelis employees to bring efficient, mission-critical capabilities to soldiers on the ground. Read More

Jimenez ’01 Served as Keynote Speaker

CPT Jose Jimenez recently served as the keynote speaker for the Camp Arifjan Hispanic Heritage Month observance.
Reflecting on his Costa Rican heritage, his dreams of becoming an astronaut, and experience as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Jimenez addressed his pride as an officer in the United States Army and attributed his success to his family and culture.

“My dream has changed a little bit as I grew up, from being an astronaut, to becoming an engineer, and then a soldier. But throughout my life, I have always remembered the lessons from mi abuelo (my grandfather), mi mama (my mother), and mi papa (my father).” Jimenez also addressed the challenges with becoming a West Point cadet because of his Costa Rican citizenship at the time of his application. Read More

Robert Spignesi ’91 New CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems

Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, announced today that its Board of Directors has named seasoned industry veteran Robert Spignesi as the company's next chief executive officer. As the new CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems, Rob's priorities will be leading the Company to support the business expansion and widespread adoption of the Growth Direct™ System.

Rob has more than 20 years of leadership experience and joined Rapid Micro Biosystems most recently from Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he was a Vice President and General Manager, Americas. Previously, Rob was the VP of Global Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for Fisher Scientific and held senior roles at McKesson Corporation and its affiliates, including EVP Operations and Development and Vice President of Sales and Business Development within the pharmacy systems and automation group. Earlier in his career, he was a senior consultant within the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice of Deloitte Consulting and an aviation officer with the U.S. Army. Read More

Grant ’71 Longbow Book Release

Are you a fan of old fashioned adventure tales? Then prepare to travel back to the age of Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood in the pages of LONGBOW, the beginning novel in the SAGA OF ROLAND INNESS trilogy.
Longbow Wayne Grant 71About the book
Roland Inness desperately needs meat for his starving family, but he takes the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman’s land. Worse yet, he uses his longbow, a weapon outlawed and suppressed by the Norman overlords of England. Now they are coming for him. With one shot the 14 year old peasant boy is launched on a desperate flight that takes him from the mountains of Derbyshire to the wild frontier of Wales and on to the court of Richard the Lionheart.  Along the way he is hunted by a paid killer, aided by a strange monk named Tuck, and taken in by a gruff Norman knight, who values his amazing skill with the bow.  That skill and his courage are sorely tested as he fights to earn the trust of his new master.
“An action-adventure set in 12th-century England, this is an appealing read filled with bows and arrows, sword fights, and the like. …By celebrating Roland’s courage and bravery, the author gives audiences an engaging hero they can easily root for.” ~Publishers Weekly
This is an ideal book for lovers of high adventure and particularly for young men who might be persuaded to put down the game controller for a real adventure!  LONGBOW is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  Search by author or title.  You may also find it at the author’s website www.waynegrantbooks.com.

Wayne Grant is a graduate of West Point. He served in the US Army with the 1st Armored Division in Erlangen, Germany and with the 4/7th Cavalry Squadron in Yongugol, South Korea.  He later served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (FM) from 1984-1988.

Coach K ’69 to Receive Prestigious Marshall Medal

Coach K DURHAM, N.C. –Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will added to his impressive awards resume receiving the 2014 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army. Awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited selfless service to the United States of America, presented to Krzyzewski by the Association’s Council of Trustees at the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner, the final event of the Association’s three-day Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

Krzyzewski will be recognized for his contributions to the United States of America as a strong supporter of national defense and those men and women who have served or are now serving to protect our freedom and liberty. Photo courtesy of Duke Read More.

Hall of Fame Honors ’08, ’46, ’90, ’39, ’70, ’53, ’64, ’48, ’55, ’27

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Highlighting a host of honors and national accolades, the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was enshrined Friday night. Beginning with the plaque unveiling ceremony at the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside the Kimsey Athletic Center and ending with a black-tie banquet at Eisenhower Hall, the Class of 2014 was celebrated. Ben Holden of CBS Sports Network served as master of ceremonies. Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan offered remarks during the plaque unveiling while Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen spoke at the banquet.

Three individual NCAA champions, a three-time National Invitational Tournament participant, league boxing champion, a three-time soccer All-America selection, a West Point graduate who served as team physician, a West Point graduate who served as head football coach and later Superintendent, an offensive lineman that opened holes for two Heisman Trophy winners and won three national championships  and the Academy's first wrestling All-America choice are among the many honors of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Rifleman Chris Abalo, football and wrestling standout John Green, women's swimming national champion Jennifer Grzbek, boxer Donald Hull, men's basketball star Jim Oxley, wrestling and football letterwinner Al Paulekas, track and field and cross country extraordinaire Bill Straub, men's soccer's Tom Tyree, Dr. John Feagin and former Superintendent Gar Davidson comprise the Class of 2014. Read More

Salter ’45 To Be Honored at Fitzgerald Festival

James Salter ’45 James Salter will read from his work and receive the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature on Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, Salter will teach a writing workshop open to the public. Salter, who served in the Korean War, wrote about his combat experience in his first novel, “The Hunters” (1957). He has gone on to write many more novels, short stories and works of nonfiction. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rhea Award.

In 2013, reviewing “All That Is” - his first novel in almost 35 years - Lisa Zeidner wrote that the story provides “what Salter has always offered: a plaintive, impressionistic look at how we live in time, how little we ever understand about the amorphous shape of our own lives.” Read More

Class of ’74 Presented its 40th Reunion Gift

Class of 74 Gift Presentation at MichieThe Class of 1974 presented its 40th reunion gift of $4,074,074.74 for the West Point Visitors Center—the largest class gift ever presented to West Point! Since graduation, Class of 1974 members have given more than $10 million to West Point.

The Visitors Center is General Caslen’s number one priority within the For Us All Campaign. This new 15,000-square foot facility is envisioned as an “experience hub” featuring a striking entry pavilion, high-tech exhibits, a state-of-the-art theater, and new artifacts. In recognition of its gift, the Class of 1974 will name the center’ atrium.

“The Class of 1974’s gift makes a significant impact for the Visitors Center, the campaign, and West Point,” says WPAOG Vice President of Development Kristin Sorenson. “We greatly appreciate the leadership, energy, and support that each and every class member contributed.”

“We are excited to play a lead role in the development of the new Visitors Center,” says Class President Robert Mixon ‘74. “The Visitor Center might be the only impression an individual has of our Alma Mater when he or she leaves Highland Falls. It has to be memorable, and that is why the Class of 1974 has stepped up again.” Click here to see » Photos « from the game.

Parent Newsletter, October 2014

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Parent Newsletter October 2014

Portis ’04 Commemorates Orange County Veterans

Stoney Portis '04On September 29, MAJ Stoney Portis was the keynote speaker at the Orange County Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony in Goshen, NY. The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line during World War I. Forty men from Orange County died on September 29, 1918 while fighting as members of the 107th Infantry, a New York State National Guard Regiment. During the event, MAJ Portis honored the fallen by discussing the lasting effects of the Great War, which include the Army’s combat and operational stress control program, the educational curriculum of the officer corps at West Point, and the esprit de corps of military service members and their families.

Class of ’04

Class of 2004 giftThe Class of 2004 made its first reunion gift to West Point in October and set new records for a 10-year reunion gift in both the size of its gift and in the participation of class members. Its gift of $550,000 beat the previous record of $520,000, and the campaign had a 76-percent participation rate among class members, beating the previous participation record of 64 percent. 

The Class of 2004 designated its gift to three specific For Us All Campaign needs: the Visitors Center, the Academy Scholars Program, and the Semester Abroad Program. General Caslen has deemed each of these needs as priorities for the Academy within the campaign, and the Class of 2004’s gift provides great momentum towards achieving these fundraising goals.

First Call October Special Edition

Don't miss out on this month's Special Edition First Call as we focus on the impact of gifts to West Point.

- Cadet Activities
- Academy Scholars and Semester Abroad Programs
- Special Gift from Dr. Harry Van Trees '52
- Outreach from cadets to future cadets

If you have missed any edition of First Call you can find them in the online archives

BG Wesley ’86 "Big Red One"

FORT RILEY (KSNT) – The 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters cased its colors at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Fort Riley’s Victory Park in preparation for its deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility.

The 1st Inf. Div.’s Deputy Commanding General for Support, Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley took the reins of the “Big Red One” rear detachment at the ceremony.

Wesley has been assigned to the 1st Inf. Div. previously and served as the commander of the 1st Inf. Div.’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. Wesley was most recently the director for plans at the ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan. Read More

McBrayer ’74 Appointed to Misonix Board of Directors

Misonix, Inc. an international surgical device company, announced today the appointment of Patrick McBrayer to the Company's Board of Directors effective immediately. With more than 20 years of senior management experience in the healthcare industry, Patrick McBrayer has extensive relevant industry experience to the Misonix Board. Mr. McBrayer currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AxioMed Spine Corporation, a leading, privately-held, developer of next generation technology for degenerative spine conditions.

Prior to AxioMed, Mr. McBrayer was Chief Executive Officer of Xylos Corporation, a medical biomaterials company. He is also a Founder of Transave Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the site-specific treatment of lung disease. Prior to joining Xylos, Mr. McBrayer served as President and CEO of Exogen, Inc., a company focused on the non-invasive treatment of musculoskeletal injury and disease, which was acquired by Smith & Nephew, Inc. in 1999.

Previously, Mr. McBrayer was President and CEO of Osteotech, Inc., a worldwide leader in tissue technology. In both companies, he was responsible for a number of private placements and both companies' public offerings and led these organizations to dominant market share positions. He received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 1998 for a biological implant for bone repair that is now a market-leading product. Prior to joining Osteotech, Mr. McBrayer held positions of increasing responsibility for Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

A 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point), Mr. McBrayer served as an Infantry Officer Company Commander in the U.S. Army prior to beginning his business career. Mr. McBrayer has also served on West Point's Association of Graduates Board of Trustees.

BG Clarke ’84 Takes Command of the 82nd Airborne Division

Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., right, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/144262/all-americans-change-command#.VDKYZhbIKRw#ixzz3FN7VU100 FORT BRAGG, N.C. - In a time-honored tradition that dates back centuries, the 82nd Airborne Division conducted a change of command ceremony, Oct. 3 at Pike Field.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke assumed command of the division from Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr. As he concluded his remarks, Nicholson said that there was no finer officer and leader to take the reins of the division than Brig. Gen. Richard Clarke.

Clarke, who was most recently the commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy, said he and his family are humbled to be joining the ranks of the division again. As Clarke continued with his remarks, he spoke directly to the sea of sun-drenched paratroopers on the parade field.

“What I pledge to this entire division, with all my heart and all my soul, is that I will give 100 percent every day, and that I will lead by example in all regards,” he said. Clarke continued, promising he would do everything he could to ensure that the paratroopers and families of the division are well-resourced and well-led. Read More

COL Fleming ’89 New COO of Walton Group

RESTON, Va. The Walton Group of Companies announced today that Colonel Edward Fleming, US Army, Retired has joined Walton Development and Management (WDM) as Chief Operating Officer for North America. In this new role, Colonel Fleming will manage the day-to-day operations for Walton’s 88,000 acres of land under administration and 21 development projects throughout the United States and Canada. As a top executive, Colonel Fleming will play a vital role in helping to shape the future of the Walton Group of Companies.

Before joining Walton, Colonel Fleming was the Executive Director of Civil Works and Emergency Operations for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he was part of the leadership team that had oversight responsibility of a 194-person directorate managing the nation’s $5.4 billion civic works program comprised of infrastructure with a capital stock value of $192 billion, 170 field offices and 23,000 employees.

During his distinguished career with the US Army, Colonel Fleming managed some of the most pressing and high-profile infrastructure challenges faced by the United States. Following Hurricane Katrina, Colonel Fleming managed the reconstruction of the $14.5 billion Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System in greater New Orleans. The project included 133 miles of levees, floodwalls and gates and the largest drainage pump station in the world. He also oversaw the adjudication of more than 1,800 federal permits each year under the Clean Water and Rivers and Harbors Acts balancing the need for environmental protection and economic development.

Mr. Fleming holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Read More

Wrendon P. Hunt ’05 Appointed to Class of White House Fellows

Wendon Hunt 05The President's Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment of the 2014-2015 Class of White House Fellows. The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and leadership.

The program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders "firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service. Additional information about the program: www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.

Wrendon P. Hunt of Midland, Mich., was the Associate Commercial Director and previously North America senior product manager for Dow Solar at Dow Chemical Company. Preceding his employment with Dow, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

Hunt completed two Western Pacific Deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and led the pre-deployment preparations for two ships as a Training Liaison Officer for Afloat Training Group San Diego. Outside of the office, he served as Dow's focal point for the 100K Veteran's Job Mission, on the Advisory Board for the Children's Ministry in his local church, and as a regular volunteer at the Juvenile Correction Center and Humane Society.

Hunt received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Read More

Davies ’86 Joins Tiberi Service Academy Nomination Board

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced Monday that Morrow County resident Patricia Davies would join the 12th Congressional District Service Academy Board. Pat Davies graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering and earned the rank of captain before leaving military service.

“I’m pleased to welcome Patricia to the Service Academy Appointment Board. As a service academy alumna, she will know first-hand what attributes will help a candidate succeed both in the academy and in the military,” said Congressman Tiberi.

Following her graduation from West Point, Davies served in the 24th Battalion, 24th Infantry Division stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia as both a shop officer and the Executive Officer. She is currently the Director of Operations for Morrow County. Read More